John Eller brings years of experience in public administration and advocacy to HMA.
John started his career as a local department of social services social worker and understands the stress and secondary trauma associated with this type of work. He is knowledgeable in the various programs and policies at the local, state, and national level including public assistance programs (Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, childcare subsidy), social work programs in both child and adult welfare and protection, behavioral health, aging programs, early childhood development and education, and transportation (NEMT).
John’s previous roles include public social services director and county manager/chief administrative officer. He values strategic planning and continuous improvement efforts that support the ability to achieve organizational outcomes to better serve the community. He also sees the connection that the social determinants of health, program integration, and collective impact models have with serving the “whole” person.
John served as president of the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services and president of the NC Guardianship Association. He also served two terms on the NC General Assembly’s Joint Study Commission on Aging and two terms on the NC Human Resources Commission. In 2006, John received the Presidential Volunteer Award from President George W. Bush for his work in Mecklenburg County (Charlotte).
John is a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia-Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and a credentialed manager with the International City & County Management Association (ICMA). He previously served as an adjunct instructor for graduate students in public administration (MPA) programs at UNC-Greensboro and Appalachian State University.